Indian Medical Association (IMA) is preparing a petition to the government to consider the plight of MBBS graduates and guarantee them work at a suitable pay in private & Government sector.
“We plan to meet Ghulam Nabi Azad, union minister for health and family welfare, to ask the government to post these newly-qualified doctors in the rural areas and ensure they get a good pay,” Dr N Appa Rao, chairman of the IMA National Leaders Forum, on Saturday. They expect a salary of at least Rs50,000 monthly.
Clearing the MBBS course to become a doctor is tough. But after four and a half years of gruelling study and examinations, the vast majority of those who qualify to become doctors cannot find a decent job. While some struggle to set up private practice, many others can remain unemployed for three, four or more years.
Those who do manage to get jobs at private hospitals are paid peanuts. Others struggle to set up private practice. Yet many remain unemployed for even up to five years.
“After working hard for five years to get a medical degree, these young people ought to be provided proper jobs with a good pay, at least initially. The rural areas require doctors and the government can help these newcomers by posting them there,” Rao said. [Source]